George W Nicholas


Brief Life History of George W

When George W Nicholas was born in 1851, in Clay, Clay, West Virginia, United States, his father, John Pritt Nicholas, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Adkins, was 16.

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John Pritt Nicholas
Elizabeth Jane Adkins
George W Nicholas
Octavia Jane Nicholas
Sinnett R Nicholas
Charles Nicholas
Naoma Caroline Nicholas
William Harrison Nicholas
James Franklin Nicholas
Andrew Linton Nicholas
Harriet Rowena Nicholas
Enoch Nicholas
Alexander Sampson Nicholas
Anthony R Nicholas
Sarah Nicholas
Adam Burton Nicholas

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  • George W Nicholas in household of George Nicholas, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: George W. Nicholas - Published information: birth-name: George W. Nicholas

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Age 12

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


Age 12

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 31

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Name Meaning

English (southwestern England and south Wales) and Dutch: from the personal name Nicholas (from Latin Nicolaus, from Greek Nikolaos, from nikān ‘to conquer’ + laos ‘people’). Forms with -ch- are due to hypercorrection (compare Anthony ). The name in various vernacular forms was popular among Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, largely as a result of the fame of a 4th-century Lycian bishop, about whom a large number of legends grew up, and who was venerated in the Orthodox Church as well as the Catholic. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages and also their patronymics and other derivatives, e.g. Croatian and Serbian Nikolić (see Nikolic ), Greek Papanikolaou ‘(son of) Nicholas the priest’ and Nikolopoulos . Compare Nickolas .

History: The colonial official and revolutionary patriot Robert Carter Nicholas was from a prominent VA family on both sides. His father was a British navy surgeon who emigrated c. 1700 from Lancashire, England, to Williamsburg, VA.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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